By: Onimisi Alao
The government of Plateau State as well as the 17 local governments and the traditional council in the state have sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the permanent voters cards (PVCs).
They are asking the court to compel the commission to allow all registered voters in the state to vote during the forthcoming general elections whether they have permanent voters cards or not.
Making their case in a joint originating summon taken out by Barr Sunny Gabriel Odey, their counsel, the plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that INEC has no power to prevent a registered voter from voting because the voter does not have a permanent voters’ card. This, according to them is because INEC failed to issue permanent voters’ cards to Plateau people.
The plaintiffs are similarly asking for “an order of mandatory injunction directing the defendant (INEC) to allow persons who are qualified and whose names are on the National Register of Voters compiled by and maintained by the defendant for each state of the federation, Federal Capital Territory, local governments and area councils to vote and be voted for at the forthcoming general elections or at any other election.”
Listed as plaintiffs in the case before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, are the Attorney General of Plateau State, Barrister Olivia Dazyem, Gbom Gwom Jos, Da Elder Jacob Gyang Buba, Emir of Wase, Alhaji Muhammadu Sambo Haruna, Ponzhi Taroh, Gen Domkat Bali and six other paramount rulers.
The other plaintiffs are Chairman of Barkin-Ladi, Emmanuel Loman and 16 other council chairmen and Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Titus Alams.
Counsel to the plaintiffs, Barr Odey, said the case was filed in Abuja owing to the ongoing judicial staff industrial action, adding that he was yet to get a date for the next court process.
SOURCE: DAILY TRUST